The Failure of American and British Propaganda in the Middle by J. Vaughan

By J. Vaughan

Utilizing lately declassified resources, this ebook offers the 1st precise research of British and American propaganda within the heart East through the years instantly following the top of the second one international warfare. contemplating British and American propaganda in the framework of the chilly conflict campaign opposed to Communism and the Soviet Union, and the constructing confrontations among Arab nationalism and the West, the ebook investigates the primary questions of Anglo-American partnership and competition within the interval whilst basic accountability for "policing" the center East handed from one to the opposite.

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171 Predictably, British manipulation of Egyptian radio provoked a nationalist backlash. Developing Egyptian editorial independence led in 1947 to unwise protests by Embassy officials about the ‘improper use’ of ESB by the Arab League. Sensitive to high-handedness of this kind, the Egyptian Government reacted by cancelling the Marconi contract and effectively nationalising the station. ’172 ‘The Men and Machinery’ 39 ESB had been co-operating with American propagandists since the war. 176 USIA reports indicate that, over 1953–55, this centre furnished as much as half of all the foreign language material broadcast by ESB.

As Iraq replaced Egypt at the heart of the British regional position, enthusiasm for the development of a strong Iraqi propaganda capability increased. When British sponsorship of Iraqi claims to regional leadership exacerbated Iraqi–Egyptian rivalries, the British regarded Baghdad Radio as a stick with which to beat Nasser. The mobilisation of Iraqi radio as an instrument of British propaganda formed an important part of British political warfare against Egypt during the mid-1950s. In contrast, US officials were frustrated by their inability to develop closer links with Iraqi radio.

H. Smith’s representative, who arrived in Cairo in October, intends to start operations on the 1st February. These operations should in time extend to other Middle East countries than Egypt and discussions are now proceeding in Cairo about the possibility of Smiths handling the commercial distribution of British Council and HMSO material. H. Smith & Son, Cairo … the British Book Trade in Egypt is flourishing’. Diplomats were particularly pleased that ‘The trade appears to be quite unaffected by the vagaries of the political situation.

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